The Rupert Museum exhibits Anton and Huberte Rupert’s unique and private art collection. A South African businessman, philanthropist and conservationist, Anton Rupert, together with his wife, Huberte, was prominent in supporting the fine arts, as well as promoting education, music and the preservation of historical buildings.
The Rupert Museum houses more than 350 artworks representing the period from the 1940s to 1970s and is considered the foremost collection of modern South African art. The collection reflects the discerning eye and personal taste of Anton and Huberte Rupert. The inspiration for the museum has its origin in a fire at the Ruperts’ home, following which, Huberte Rupert made the decision to create a modern art museum which would provide an intimate experience of their extensive art collection.
The collection spans paintings, sculptures and tapestries and includes work by Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern, Alexis Preller, Walter Battiss, Elsa Dziomba, Jean Welz, JH Pierneef, Lippy Lipshitz, Moses Kotler, Anton van Wouw and Coert Steynberg. There are also works by major European artists such as Auguste Rodin and Kathe Kollwitz, along with French tapestries by Jean Lurcat. Today, this world-class collection by South African artists continues to grow and develop within the Rupert Art Foundation.
Located in Stellenbosch, the museum was commissioned by Huberte Rupert in 2003 and designed by the South African architect, Hannes Meiring, to the brief provided…. that the museum should be ‘a space in which visitors could move without confusion’. Built on a larger scale than Huberte Rupert had initially wanted, the museum achieves a balance between the space required of a contemporary art museum and the founder’s desire for a more intimate space.
The completed building provides approximately 2000 square metres, comprising three exhibition halls and administrative space, providing for a modern art museum and a modest display space. It is designed in the traditional ‘Boland farm architecture’ style, providing a cool space with simple clean white-washed walls Set among vineyards and oak trees within an elegant building that complements the architectural history and wine culture of the area; the location confers a stillness and tranquillity.